When you have mysterious missiles flying out of the ocean on the coast of Southern California that your own country doesn’t claim, whitewashes or can’t identify, it might be time to install a security alarm. As these don’t get thrown out there ‘just because’, America is likely having national security problems off its coastal areas than it wants to, or can, admit.
The floating, acoustic surveillance devices are used in anti-submarine warfare. The Oregonian reports that in a modified environmental assessment for Northwest training and testing, the Navy increased the number of planned sonobuoys from 20 to 720.
They would be in areas at least 12 miles offshore from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
In addition to more buoys, the document also details additional “maritime security operations” that weren’t reviewed in the earlier environmental assessment, possibly including escorts for submarines, search-and-seizure exercises, and anti-piracy missions.
Full article: Navy considers more sonobuoys off Pacific Coast (Military Times)